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Saturday, April 13, 2013

My Creations for The Bead Soup Blog Party

It is time!  The Bead Soup Blog Party 2nd Reveal!  Time for me to show you what I have created.  But first, a few things I want to share that are most important:

A BIG thank you to our host, Lori Anderson. For the investment of hundreds of hours of time to make this opportunity possible for all 500 of us.  For toughing through it all while dealing with a serious illness. Thank You Lori!

Another important "Thank You", to each and every one of you who are taking the time to stop by my Blog to see what I have created.  I am humbled to be in the company of so many participating Artisans.  Please consider stopping by some of their Blogs as well.  I know there are a bunch of them, and that each one would dearly appreciate it if you have a chance to take a look at what they have done.  They are listed below. 

What is the Bead Soup Blog Party?  Besides a bunch of FUN?  Lori pairs two of us to swap jewelry making supplies: including beads, a focal, and a clasp.  Who we are paired with and what we get from our partner is a surprise.  The only rules are to use the focal and the clasp that you have received from your partner.  There are three reveal dates where we post the results of our creations for everyone to see.  Then we "hop" to the Blogs of the other participants to see what they have created.  This is the 7th Annual Party, 2nd Reveal.  The 2nd Reveal was rescheduled to April 13th, and the 3rd Reveal is now scheduled for April 20th.  To learn more, check out Lori's

My partner is Kathleen Gallant of Partners In Charms.  Her Blog is:

This is what my wonderful partner sent to me:

Awesome, huh?  My eyes bugged out when I saw what was in my package!

The Pure Silver toggle and leaf are hand made using Precious Metal Clay.  They are exquisite!  The focal is a semi-precious Obsidian Stone.  Gorgeous!  Freshwater Pearls, Swarovski Crystals, Sterling Silver Bead Caps and lovely red raspberry colored Quartz beads.  An inspiring and truly delicious "Soup"!
I had SO much fun with these beautiful pieces!  I made two necklaces.  I challenged myself to use every single piece of the wonderful Soup that my generous partner sent, along with some goodies of my own.

This is the first necklace:

I used one half of the Clasp to Frame a picture of a Geisha Girl, then sealed it in Resin.  The Silver leaf that Kathleen sent was cast using a Geranium Leaf.  It reminded me of one of my favorite leaves, the Ginkgo.  So that is where I went with it.  Here is a close up of the focal and the half of the toggle clasp that I used as a frame.

The subtle touches of silvery blues and greys on the Obsidian Stone focal are reflected in this picture.  Such a beautiful focal.  Thank you again Kathleen for choosing it for me.

The second half of the clasp I received was paired with a silver plated link.  Here is a close up:
Can you see the beautiful floral design on the Bar of the Clasp?  Kathleen designed and made the entire toggle clasp. 

I still had more Soup left!  What to do?  USE it, of course!!!!  

I just had to have another "Gingko" leaf.  It just so happened that I had found one years ago, and had pressed it.  It was so fragile, yet so perfect for what I wanted to do.  After painting it, covering it in several layers of resin, and creating a brass backing for it, I then sealing it once again in resin....the rest of the necklace just came together on its own. 
Here is a closer look.  Please forgive my elementary attempt to paint by hand the Japanese symbol for the season "Spring".  I can only hope I did not end up writing an offensive word...

This is the Bead Soup that I sent to my Partner, Kathleen Gallant of  Partners in Charms,

I can't wait to see what she did with it!

Here is the list of the Participants from Lori's Blog who are posting for this 2nd Reveal date.  I am headed their direction to see what they have done, I hope you will too.

Agata Grygiel
Ali McCarthy
Alice Craddick
Amy Severino
Ana Krepel
Andra Weber
Andrea Glick
Andrea Trank
Anitra Gordy Boyers

Annette Rivers
Anu Tuppurainen
April Grinaway
Audrey Bélanger
Barbara Bechtel
Barbara Mason
Becky Pancake
Beti Horvath
Billi RS Rothove

Bobbie Rafferty
Brandi Burdick
Candida Castleberry
Carol Dillman
Carolyn Gebert
Carolyn Lawson
Caron Reid
Catherine King
Cathy Jakicic

Chandra Merod
Charlene Jacka
Cheri Reed
Cherrie Fick
Cherrie Warzocha
Cheryl Brown
Cheryl Dunham
Cheryl Foiles
Cheryl Gangle

Chris Eisenberg
Chris White
Christina Miles

Christine Murrow

Cindy Ritchie
Clare Etheridge
Cory Tompkins

Cris Peacock
Cynthia Abner
Debbie Rasmussen
Debi Levine
Deborah Brooks
Deborah Read
Debra Behrends
Dorota Żerańska
Elaine Robitaille

Elsie Deliz-Fonseca
Emma Todd
Erin Guest
Evelyn Shelby
Evie and Beth McCord
Francy Inman
Ginger Bishop
Gloria Allen
Hajer Waheed

Hope Smitherman
Ilenia Ruzza
Ilona Hegedűs
Ine Vande Cappelle
Jackie Ryan
Janine Lucas
Jean Peter
Jean Wells
Jeanne Steck

Jelveh Jaferian Johnson
Jennifer Cabic
Jennifer Reno
Jennifer VanBenschoten
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Jenny Kyrlach
Jenny Robledo
Jessica Brower
Jill MacKay

JJ Jacobs
Jo-Ann Woolverton
Joanne Tinley
Johanna Rhodes Nash
Judy Robinson
Juli Cannon
Julia Gerlach
Julie Bowen
Julie Panusis

K Hutchinson
Karen Martinez
Karen Vincent
Karen Williams
Karin Slaton
Karyn Bonfiglio
Kat Douglas
Kate Dufour
Kate Mulligan

Kate Richbourg
Kathleen Gallant
Kathleen Lange Klik
Katie Nielsen-Nunez
Kay Bolton
Kayla Potega
Kelli Jacobson
Kelly Patterson
Kelly Ramstack

Kiersten Kern
Kim Sparks
Klaudete Koon
Klaudia Tóth
Krista French
Kristin Oppold
Kym Hunter
Lana Kinney
Laura Guenther

Lauren Fenty
Leah Curtis
Lennis Carrier
Linda Murphy
Lisa Johnson
Lori Anderson
Lupe Meter
Lynn Jobber
Mandi Effron

Marcia Dunne
Margareta Saari
Marianne Baxter
Marie Covert
Mary Ellen Parker
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens
Megan Milliken
Melissa Meman
Melissa Mesara

Michaela Pabeschitz
Michelle Tucker
Mimi Gardner
Mischelle Fanucchi
Monica Phillips
Mowse Doyle
Nancy Boylan
Nancy Dale
Pat Haight

Patina Queen
Patty Miller
Pia Kaven
Rebecca Anderson
Rose Johnson
Roxanne Blanc
Sarah Goode
Sarah Singer
Sarah Strover

Shalini Austin
Sherri Stokey
Sherry Baun
Sheryl Stephens
Silvia Sernicola
Solange Collin
Stacie Florer
Stacy Alderson
Stephanie Haussler

Stephanie LaRosa
Sue Burleigh
Susan Bowie
Susan Kelly
Susan of Libellula Jewelry
Susan Sheehan
Suzanne Fragiacomo
Tammi Sloan
Tammie Everly

Tania Hagen
Tania Spivey
Tanya Goodwin
Tanya Wiles
Tari Kahrs
Terry Carter
Theresa Buchle
Tiffany Smith
Tina Holden

Tracey Nanstad
Tracie Dean
Tracy Bell
Tracy Kruse
Veralynne Malone
Veronica Campos-Hallstrom

Facebook Participants

D’Arsie Manzella     
Claire Brannigan Hasemeier
Robin Showstack
Melanie Lemen Swope
Beccy Peterson
Kelli Nelson
Chris Schlicht
Shelley Cole-Kuduk


  1. One is sweet and the other is sassy. You get to pick your mood for the day!

  2. Oh, Kate - the gingko leaf necklace is just amazing - love it!

  3. Normally black and red are not my colours, but your second necklace is very, very charming!

  4. such fun pieces! Gorgeous soup :-)

  5. Really loving those bold colours :)

  6. Both necklaces are so charming, so springtime speaking and feminine!

  7. Oh very nice I live the wrapped beads. :)

  8. A Wonderful creative use of you components!
    Your designs are exquisite !
    Had to laugh about the Japanese word ,
    Every time I use a Japanese symbol,I worry that it doesn't mean what I intended !!! LOL!!!

  9. The second necklace takes my breath away :) Amazing !

  10. Love your work. Great necklaces.

  11. Wow, what absolutely gorgeous necklaces! I especially love the 2nd one..marvellous work!

  12. I love that you used the clasp to accent the first focal. Your gingko leaf focal is beautiful.

  13. super modifications in the focal and super work with wire!congrats!

  14. Love your mods on the focal and the general japanese look! the second necklace is my favorite, I'm amazed by your resin skills!

  15. Both pieces are stunning, absolutely gorgeous, I am partial to the second necklace, it is over the top.

  16. ~strikingly beautiful are the pieces you have created...much love light and blessings~

  17. I love the innovative uses of all your soup goodies. I love that last gingko leaf you created - it is exquiste!

  18. WOW! Love the necklace with the dragon!

  19. simply gorgeous.. Love the dragon necklace :)

  20. what a creative use of the clasp, I really liked it!
    I love both necklaces.
    I'm on the 3rd reveal, what fun BSBP!
    ciao dall'Italia

  21. Wow, such a creative use of everything! I absolutely LOVE the wire wrapping you did on that 2nd necklace!! I LOVE it!!! Very beautiful!

  22. I love everything. The way you added your own stamp on that obsidian is amazing. And, I love the dragon necklace. Red, black and white almost always make for a beautiful combination - they certainly did in your case. Great job!

  23. Also, in case you didn't know, you have captcha enabled. It is very difficult for old eyes to make out the puzzles and many times I just move on. I am trying to let people know because after the discussion on Bead Chat yesterday, I think some people don't even know its on. Thank you, Jean

    1. Thanks Jean! I did not know, and turned it off. And Thank you for taking the time to stop by, and the lovely compliments!

  24. I really like your use of the soup mix. I really love the addition of the dragon! Great work

  25. Thank you all so very much for the time you took to comment, and for your generous praise. Also, thanks to Jean...I did not know I had captcha enabled...I have disabled it. Thanks for letting me know Jean!

  26. Beautiful designs! Especially love your ginko leaf necklace - gorgeous!! Great soup!

  27. How very creative. The way you made that stone a mini work of art is so clever. I love what you did with the gingko leaf as well. Curiosity did you paint the resin on the leaf? Lovely use of your soup.

    1. Thank you Maria! This is how I did the Gingko leaf. First I painted it with color. Then I painted one layer of Ice Resin on one side, let dry, then painted on the other side. I then made a solid brass piece to fit the back, and connected it with resin. Then I did a final coat of resin front and gave it that deep dimensional look. I hope you try this and let me know how it goes. Again, thank you for the compliments and for "hopping" to my blog for the Bead Soup Party.

  28. Kate both of your pieces are outstanding.You used your soup very creatively. The striped bead caps and ovals are attention getters. I think your gingko leaf is beautiful.

  29. I too love gingko leaves - well the trees themselves moreover and how they just shimmer when blowing in the wind. I love what you did with the leaf and your use fo the clasp oh so inventive! Great job

  30. Both of your necklaces are really awesome. I'm especially taken with the way you re-did that black stone with the toggle and resin. What a great way to think outside of the box! Magnificent.

  31. Very pretty necklaces! I admire the way you were able to adapt the things your partner sent in such creative ways, and turned them into pieces that reflect both your taste and your partner's. Very cool work!

  32. Gorgeous pieces! So very creative!

  33. Both necklaces are just fabulous! I collect dragons so the second necklace really captured me.


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